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Behavioral treatment of generalized anxiety disorder



Behavioral treatment of generalized anxiety disorder



Behavior Therapy 23(4): 551-570



Sixty-five carefully diagnosed patients with generalized anxiety disorder were treated with either relaxation, cognitive therapy, or their combination. These three active treatment conditions were compared to a wait-list control group. On several measures, including measures of worry, treated patients were significantly better than those in the wait-list control group at post treatment. These gains were maintained across the two-year follow-up period. Notably, these therapeutic gains were accompanied by substantial reductions in anxiolytic medication use over the period of follow-up. No differences emerged, however, among treatments at any point of comparison. In addition, drop-out rates among the active treatment groups were high (range = 5% to 38%). Moreover, most patients were left with residual anxiety suggesting the need for the development of more focused and efficient psychological treatments for generalized anxiety disorder.

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DOI: 10.1016/s0005-7894(05)80221-7


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